Andrea Arnold, Richard Williams, John Coates and Tony Grisoni will be among the special guests attending the 15th Encounters Short Film Festival, which opens tomorrow (November 17) in Bristol.

The festival, which is funded by Bristol City Council and South West Screen, showcases new talent in short film-making and aims to provide a platform for emerging film-makers to screen their work. It runs until November 21.

The programme covers 150 films from 58 countries and there are 12 awards up for grabs. There will be a new Shorts2Features strand this year that will showcase features made by directors that started out making shorts.  Screenings include Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, Tom Harper’s Scouting Book For Boys, Radu Jude’s Romanian feature, The Happiest Girl In The World, and Eran Creevy’s Shifty, which will all be followed by panel discussions with the directors.

Other highlights of the festival include a masterclass with Richard Williams, the Oscar-winning creator of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and a talk by BAFTA winning screenwriter/director Jeremy Brock who penned the script for Last King Of Scotland and is currently working on Kevin MacDonald’s latest film Eagle Of The Ninth.

For more information, please visit Encounters Short Film Festival.